The super controversial Jerry Sandusky interview aired yesterday on the Today show, and after it received a whole mess of backlash, anchor Matt Lauer thinks that NBC set him up for FAILURE!!
Lauer hosted the 30-minute segment, which featured filmmaker John Ziergler and recordings from the child molester, and while he was interviewing Ziegler, the host looked like he was in an agonizing state.
“Morale just couldn’t get any lower among the cast and crew of TODAY. Matt feels that he was set up by producers to fail by participating in the interview with Ziegler. Matt didn’t think it was a good idea to air it to begin with. Jerry Sandusky is a convicted child rapist, and Matt’s feeling was, let’s talk to the victims, and not him. However, he wanted to prove he was a team player and did it. Producers thought it would generate a lot of publicity, but no had any idea it would have garnered so much controversy."
Since Lauer knew that taking part in the interview wasn't a good idea, he wasn't surprised when the backlash was heard, and now, a source revealed that Matt has become even more suspicious about the Sandusky interview because of the timing.
The insider added:
"[Lauer is now] very suspicious of the timing of the airing of the Sandusky interview, amidst an interview he did with New York Magazine about the turmoil behind-the-scenes at TODAY in the days leading up to and after Ann Curry was fired. Matt is trying to do everything he can to save the sinking ship, but he now wonders openly if NBC is setting him up to fail. Matt just doesn’t know who he can trust anymore."
We hope that NBC is not setting up Matt because that would be insanely wrong.
Unfortunately for the host, he can't do anything about it now, so he's just gonna have to keep on pushing!!
Keep your head up, Matt.
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